Hippie Foods

11934588_1503929083257007_1649913724_nI have to say a big giant THANK YOU to Hippie Foods for donating treats to eat for my YWCA ENCORE After Breast Cancer program.   :)

We do a lot of exercising in this program (aquafit, land exercises, etc) to get back into shape and it’s nice to have a beautiful healthy snack to re-fuel our bodies.

Thank you again Hippie Foods! You guys are awesome.

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Thinklandia 2015

I was invited to participate again for Thinklandia 2015. I did a presentation last year and this year I was asked to host/moderate a panel for the PERSPECTIVE evening and have a conversation with with Bif Naked, Rae Spoon and Jason Verners.

11821077_1520888198202831_330482742_nThe roof of the Yates St Parkade was turned into an event space and it was a magical thing. They did a beautiful job of transforming the space. :)

I was a little nervous as I haven’t been doing a lot of public speaking lately but I wrote a little introduction speech. Practiced a few times and when I hit the stage it was like riding a bike. I had a lot of fun …

The night was SO COLD that we all wore our jackets on stage. I even found a Snuggie backstage and wore that so I could stay warm …

11925531_818015524971415_1384437543_nRae, Jason and Bif’s individual speeches were great and I think our panel was a good balance of serious conversation and fun. The event was filmed so I’m hoping the video will end up somewhere online. :)
11849946_477447039099931_360561738_nThe next day I spent the afternoon with my dear sweet friend Bif. We are both so busy that we never get to spend time with each other so it was a real treat to have lunch and time to wander the streets of Victoria and just talk.

I took her to Be Love for lunch. 11934634_1494991580817067_113803428_nAnd then we wandered around downtown poking into different shops. I also took her into the old Sarah’s Place location which is now my friend Honor’s jewelry shop Tonic. It’s always weird going back into that old space but it also feels good to see Honor’s shop thriving. :)

11910255_892380337509707_1961190185_nI can’t believe how busy Sept has been … I hosted this event, I’m getting ready to start teaching Aquafit for the ENCORE program at the Y. I have been selling my vintage goodies at local vintage fairs and in a few weeks I will be going to Calgary with some of the staff of Tattoo Zoo for the Calgary Tattoo Convention AND to top it all off I am the shop manager at Tattoo Zoo. It feels good. :)

In other news Gerry and I have been working with the city (with the help of Teri from Oscar & Libby’s) on an art project for the intersection of Fort/Blanshard. It’s an exciting time …


In other other news Fergus got a nice fall haircut from Top Dog. They do such a good job on him … he was so fluffy and smelled amazing until he found a dead otter at the park and rolled in it. Ha ha. What a jerk.

11337170_407330936136511_98056407_n11899712_1030418360322745_1589415419_nWhat’s new with you?

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It’s my favourite time of year … we had a beastly summer. Ugh. It was so hot that I hardly wanted to go outside and poor Fergus just lay in front of the fan and would only go for a walk if it was night-time. We lived like vampires and only ventured outside when the sun went down.

Well the heat is finally gone and the crisp cool Pacific North West air is back and so we have been hiking up a storm. :)

One of the best things about living here on the island is that I can hop in my car and 15-20 minutes later I can be deep in the forest. On Sunday we hiked through Gowllend Tod Park. These guys were just standing there waiting for me. Hi!!

11899582_886208058131499_577411265_nAny time I get into the woods and start walking around I am overcome by the beauty of it all. How lucky am I to have this available to me whenever I want!!

11856847_776815879107742_1180360639_nI accidentally wore army green pants and my army green camouflage jacket. Can you see me??

11262735_720981741339697_908138094_nIt was a blustery day. Not cold but windy and rainy. The kind of rain that is super small and almost misty. It pelts your face and feels like you’re in a sandstorm. We hiked to the top of Holmes Peak and walked into the biggest most intense rainbow I’ve ever seen.

11939649_1497456340565882_1379480211_nIt was perfection and worth the blister on the back of my heel from my rubber boots. I think it might be time to invest in some Wills hiking boots.

Here I am hiding … you can’t see me because of all my camouflage.  Bah ha ha.

11950547_1625472194399874_2107849478_nI realized while we were hiking that the most amazing thing has happened. I am fit. Like we hiked to the top of that giant hill and I was barely winded. My legs were powerful and I only had to stop once to catch my breath and that’s because I was “double timing” it up a steep section of stairs.

My body was so weak after chemo I never thought I’d get my strength back but little by little and I have moved from weak former cancer patient into strong healthy lady who likes to climb up hills. Daily Aquafit has been good to me. My body is stronger, my cardio has expanded. I’m a jock!! ha ha.

Even pre-cancer Sarah didn’t like to be this physical. She didn’t like to get sweaty or mess up her hair. Post-cancer Sarah likes to get sweaty and see how far she can push her physical limits but she still doesn’t like to mess up her hair…  :)

On Monday we ventured to John Dean park.  What a beautiful park … and so many different paths you can take.

11910042_1473000396338799_409856705_nWe climbed all the way up to Pickles’ Bluff. The view was incredible …

11909409_897779793643224_1259232097_nIt was a little slow-going when we had to climb the stairs back up to the path – my knees were a little sore from the previous days hike and I didn’t have as much power in my legs but my 15 year old senior dog was raring to go. He is like a little billy goat when we go hiking.  :)
11925699_1152822644734263_81546501_n On the drive back home we stopped at various road-side stalls and picked up some food. YUM!! 11254137_500563240104568_578171826_nI made a pear, apple, fennel, ginger juice and it was the best way to end our day.

11931084_400832293448528_977619041_nIn other news … My “space” where my breast used to be is incredibly itchy. Does that mean I’m going to kiss a fool? :)





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I am volunteering this year with ENCORE at the downtown YWCA and will be teaching the Aquafit portion of the program.

I’ve blogged about it before – It’s an Free 8 week After-Breast Cancer program and I highly recommend it for anyone transitioning from patient to civilian. :)

The newest session starts on Friday Sept 25th and we still have open spots. If you’re in the Victoria area and want to join Encore – give them a call and sign up: 250-386-7511 and ask for Litzia. She will sign you up for the program.

You don’t have to be fresh out of treatment. The program is for anyone who has experienced breast cancer. The 8 weeks incorporate gentle exercise, relaxation and most importantly peer support.

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Victoria Vintage Expo

11899494_1630580437225500_1145610104_nMark your calendars!!

I will be selling my vintage collection at the Victoria Vintage Fair Expo on Sept 25/26th. This event is SO fun. Hope to see some of you there.

For more info go HERE.

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Eeeeek! I got the cutest Hayride Dungaree overalls and top from Emmy Design!! Fergus likes them too.  :)11809890_1521056118211777_1191137459_n 11899620_857450797681614_764164116_n


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I will be hosting a Thinklandia conversation with Bif Naked, Rae Spoon and Jason Verners on Sept 15th. screen-capture-5

It’s taking place on the roof of the Yates St Parkade and it’s a magical thing. It’s completely been transformed. It’s super cool. Hope some of you can make it out the event. It’s going to be fun.  :)

And make sure you dress to impress as I will be giving out a prize for best dressed. More details about the event HERE.

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Winner of Wills Vegan Shoes

screen-capture-3Congrats to Jacquie!! You correctly guess the number of shoes I have in my closet! 26!!!

Send me an e-mail: sarah@govegan.net and I’ll introduce you to Will of Wills Vegan Shoes and you guys can talk about your new shoes!!

Thanks for playing everyone!  :)

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Wills Vegan Shoes

OH BOY!! Oh boy! OH BOY!! I just took advantage of their FREE SHIPPING and got 2 pairs of shoes from Wills London Shoes and they are SO GREAT!!

11356626_1030444296980675_1865835043_nI am always a little nervous buying shoes on the internet but Wills has free shipping and an easy return policy  – so I bought a pair of black faux suede low sneakers.

They fit like slippers and I didn’t have to break them in. I put them on and took Fergus for a walk. Really nicely made shoes. I’m going to be wearing these for a long time …

I also HAD to get a pair of these Navy Blue Oxfords. I mean … I HAD to have them. They have quickly become my new favourite shoes. Comfort is everything to me when it comes to shoes and these fit the bill. Comfortable. Beautiful. And zero break-in time. I wear them for hours and my feet never get sore. Plus I get compliments every time I wear these out.  :)

Guess what?? I asked Wills if they wanted to do a give-away and they said YES!! So let’s do a fun contest!!

Try and guess how many pairs of shoes are in my closet:)
Post your answer below (one guess per person).

I will announce a winner on Sept 9th at 12noon. The person closest to the correct answer will win a FREE PAIR of Wills Vegan Shoes!! Hint:  I don’t have as many shoes as you think I do.  :)

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THIS is an excellent article and showcases some of the many reasons I have decided to “deconstruct” rather then reconstruct. Read it HERE.

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